After Rajasthan, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh, bird flu has also been reported in Himachal Pradesh. Authorities have confirmed ‘bird flu’ among some migratory birds found dead in the Pong Dam Lake area of Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh.
After Rajasthan, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh, bird flu has also been reported in Himachal Pradesh. Authorities have confirmed that some migratory birds have been found dead in the Pong Dam Lake area of Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh. More than 1,170 birds were reported dead in different districts of the state on Monday. According to the Animal Husbandry Department, more than 425 crows, hawks and other birds have died in the state. The Warlawar bird samples were sent for testing at the National Institute of High Conservation Animals in Bhopal, where bird flu has been confirmed, while bird sample results from other districts have yet to be obtained.
Outbreaks of bird flu have been reported in parts of Kottayam and Alappuzha districts of Kerala, prompting the administration to order the killing of ducks, chickens and other domesticated birds with a diameter of one kilometer around the affected areas. Officials said about 40,000 birds would die to prevent the spread of the H5N8 virus. The Kottayam district administration said bird flu was found at a poultry rearing center in Slipur and about 1,500 ducks died there. Bird flu is a highly contagious disease and affects the respiratory tract of birds due to the H5N1 virus. People can also be affected. About 1,800 migratory birds have so far been found dead at the Pong Dam Lake sanctuary in Himachal Pradesh.
Referring to the information provided by the Center, Archana Sharma, Chief Conservator (Wildlife) of the Forest Department, said that bird flu has been confirmed in the test report of dead bird samples at the Indian Veterinary Research Institute in Bareilly. He said the department was a nodal unit of investigation and was awaiting confirmation from the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal. He said the Northern Territory Disease Diagnosis Laboratory in Jalandhar has also revealed the possibility of flu in bird samples. Kangra District Magistrate Rakesh Prajapati in Fatehpur, Dehra, Jawali and Indora sub-divisions of the district has declared sale and ban of sale of eggs, meat, poultry etc. of all species of chickens, ducks, fish.
Wildlife at the Pong Dam Wildlife Sanctuary in Himachal Pradesh received four bird deaths in Fatehpur on Monday. Since then, cases have also come up from a few more regions. At the end of January last year, more than one million migratory birds came here and so far this year more than 50,000 birds have arrived. Officials said the dead birds were disposed of in accordance with the guidelines set for bird flu. Officials said no bird deaths were reported from other water bodies in the state. Employees of the wildlife and animal husbandry department have been asked to be vigilant in the state. Despite the situation being under control in Kerala, the administration has issued a high alert in the districts as the virus also has the potential to infect people. In 2016, bird flu was widespread in Kerala.
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